The Massillon Amateur Radio Club

W8NP

PO Box 73
Massillon,  Ohio  44648


Serving Our Community Since 1927


 

 

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Next regular club meeting will be on:

 September 4, 2015

Meeting begins at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Program:

Annual "Show & Tell" Night

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The August Edition of the MARC Newsletter is currently posted.

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Net Information


The West Stark Information Net convenes every Friday evening on the club's 147.18 repeater beginning at 8:00 PM. There is no net on club meeting night.

This is a general information net and  accepts all check-ins from the community. Current Net Manager is Tony Casebolt, KD8UXK. Contact him at kd8uxk@yahoo.com.

Net Managers are currently looking for stations to assist with net control duties. All training will be provided. 

Net Control Operators for July are as follows:

AUG 28 - W8DEA

Sept 11 - KD8UXK

Sept 18 - WD8MIU

Sept 25 - KD8TNF

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The Massillon MRN Net convenes every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings on 3600 Khz (+or- QRN) at 7:30 PM. 

This net is designed to provide code practice to all participants regardless of skill level. 


 

 

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It shall be our purpose to further amateur radio by serving the public; to promote technical knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating proficiency; and to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community.


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The ARRL New Public Service Handbook

Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook

 Amateur Radio has consistently been the most reliable means of communications when other systems have failed. Hams work closely with disaster relief agency officials from FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other response organizations to offer wireless communications aid. From wildfires and earthquakes to marathons and road races, when getting the message through is critical, ham radio works.

The Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook is for all hams that volunteer their time and skill to serve their communities. It provides knowledge needed for communicating quickly and effectively during disasters, emergencies, and community events, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Amateur Radio Service and its unique role in supporting the public.

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Stark Co VEC Exam Schedule


The 2015  Stark County VE Exam Schedule has  been  set.

The next test session will be on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the annual Massillon ARC Hamfest. 

Go to our VEC Page for complete details.

 

 

June 27-28, 2015

Thanks to everyone for another great Field Day exercise !

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What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. Learn More....


This Is Amateur Radio !   

 


National Preparedness Month  

(Sep 1, 2015) - -   September is National Preparedness Month. Amateur Radio Operators around the country constantly practice for emergencies in their communities and are always ready to aid our communities if needed.

Are you ready for an emergency ? Get Ready !  Make A Plan !  Go to the website http://www.ready.gov and see what you can do to prepare for emergencies !


ARRL Parity Act Update  

  (Aug 28, 2015) - -  ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, expects to see the list of cosponsors for the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R. 1301 — top 100 soon after Congress reconvenes following its August recess. As of August 24, the measure had attracted 94 cosponsors. A US Senate version of the bill — S. 1685 — also has been introduced. President Craigie again encouraged ARRL members to urge their congressional delegations to cosponsor the bills. Summertime ARRL conventions also have been affording more members a chance to make their voices heard.

“Success doesn’t happen by magic,” President Craigie said this week. “Offices on Capitol Hill have told us that without constituent expressions of support, cosponsorship — and, eventually, votes — will not happen.”  Read More....


Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to End in September  

(Jul 29, 2015) - - The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) applications, the FCC said it was doing so to save money and personnel resources. The Commission asserted that it costs more of both to process the regulatory fees and issue refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment.

“Our costs have increased over time, and now that the costs exceed the amount of the regulatory fee, the increased relative administrative cost supports eliminating this regulatory fee category,” the FCC said in its Report and Order, which appeared on July 21 in The Federal Register. “Once [it’s] eliminated, these licensees will no longer be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments.”

The FCC raised the Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee from $16.10 to its current $21.40 for the 10-year license term in 2014. The $5.30 increase was the largest such fee hike in many years. In a typical fiscal year, the FCC collected on the order of $250,000 in vanity call sign regulatory fees.

The FCC said the revenue it would otherwise collect from such regulatory fees “will be proportionally assessed on other wireless fee categories.” Congress has mandated that the FCC collect nearly $340 million in regulatory fees from all services in fiscal year 2015.


ARRL Field Day Details  

  (UPDATED Aug 2) (July 4, 2015) - - Thanks to everyone who joined us for this years Field Day exercise. Soggy weather made for a tough Saturday morning setup but in true amateur radio dedication, we completed setup and started operations just slightly after 2:00 PM.

Operations went well, even the weather cleared as the day unfolded and band conditions were favorable for throughout the event. A preliminary report should be available for the July meeting on the 10th but full details won't be known until the August meeting.

Club President Ralph, K8HSQ provided lots of fine pictures of the weekend event and has posted them on Google. Click Here for the link. Thanks to Ralph for the great pictures !.

As promised, here are the "Official" Field Day scores.

CW Contacts:

80 Meter   -   248
40 Meter   -   67
20 Meter   -   24
15 Meter   -   0

Total   -   339

PHONE Contacts

80 Meter   -   10
40 Meter   -   254
20 Meter   -   95
15 Meter   -   92
6  Meter    -   53
GOTA        -   22

Total   -   526

Total Score  -  2,908 points.  


In Memoriam to our dear friend and member Ed Clinger, WA8DRT  

(Jul 5, 2015) - -  At age 86, Ed passed away on Tuesday June 23, 2015. Born in Harpster, Ohio the son of the late Clifford and Orel (Swihart) Clinger, he had been a resident of East Sparta and the Canton area since 1940. Ed was a 1947 graduate of East Sparta High School. He retired from Ashland Oil Refinery in 1989 after 36 years of service where he was an area supervisor. He was a member of the Ashland Oil Retirees Club, Otterbein United Methodist Church—Navarre, The Canton Amateur Radio Club and the Massillon Amateur Radio Club and Quarter Century Wireless Association Chapter # 21; Ed’s Call sign was WA8DRT, Ed’s humorous phonetics were “ Whiskey Delta 8 Dirty Rotten Tomato” Ed was also a member of Caldwell Lodge #330, F.A.& M. in Bolivar, A.A.S.R. Valley of Canton, the Mercy Medical Center Ostomy Club, Wilderness Center Nature Photo Club and he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Proceeded in death by his son, Jay Clinger. Survived by his wife, Doris Clinger; two daughters and sons-in—law Jamie Sue and Steve Voican, of Massillon, and Robyn and Roy Adkins of Lake Butler, Fla.: two sons and daughters –in-law Stanton and Lois Clinger of Broomfield, Colo, and Stephen and /Karen Clinger of Boalsburg, Pa; one sister, Lois Armington, of Willoughby, Ohio; and ten grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren.

As per Ed’s wishes he was cremated. A memorial will be held at a later date at the Otterbein United Methodist Church– Navarre. Service information will appear in the Repository and on the Funeral Home website closer to the Service date. Instead of sending flowers, contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to the Otterbein Methodist Church –Navarre, 6025 Shepler Church Ave SW, Navarre, Ohio 44662 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 , Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. The Finefrock—Gordon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at: www.gordonfuneralhomes.com

Our Most Sincere Condolences to the Family of Ed Clinger. 73’s good friend we wily surely miss you!

Our dear friend and member Ed, WA8DRT (R)


April Meeting - ARRL Night  

    (Apr 4, 2015) - - Our April meeting was our annual ARRL Night as our Special Guest was Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY. Also attending was our Affiliated Club Coordinator John Myers, KD8MQ. Scott's annual visit included current happenings within the Ohio Section and the renewed importance of public service and active club participation in our community.

His visit also included a presentation of our active renewal for our ARRL Special Club Status. This elite ARRL status recognizes a affiliated club that goes above and beyond for their community and for Amateur Radio is what defines a Special Service Club. They are leaders in their Amateur Radio community who provide active training classes, publicity programs, and actively pursue technical projects and operating activities.

Thanks to the clubs strong belief in our hobby and our community, we have been a Special Service Club for the last ten years.

 

Affiliated Club Coordinator John Myers, KD8MQ (L) presents President Ralph, K8HSQ with our renewed Special Service Club Certificate.


March Mentoring Class  

   (UPDATED) (Mar 7, 2015) - - -  Continuing on the current theme of kit building and fox hunting, the March Mentoring Class covered the construction of a Tape Measure Beam for Fox Hunting.

The class was held at the Massillon Senior Center on Saturday, March 7th.  This months Mentor was Dan Anastas, N8DZM our resident Fox Hunter. A kit of parts needed to construct the Tape Measure Beam was provided for $13.00.

Dan coached the builders on the construction of the beam antenna providing some theory on its design and operation.

This will continue in our April Mentoring Class which will be on learning how to Fox Hunt and will give you a chance to use both your Attenuator and Tape Measure Beam. This class will be held on Saturday, April 11th also at the Massillon Senior Center. Additional details will follow. Our thanks to club member John, N8CD for the great pictures !.

Mentor Dan, N8DZM oversees our beam builders

Wade, WD8MIU put the final touches on his new DF beam

Dan (R) checks the final DF Beam for Thomas, KC8ZEH

Another successful Mentoring Session !


Awards Banquet Update  

 (Feb 8, 2015) - -   The Massillon Amateur Radio Club's Annual Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, January 10th at the Massillon Senior Center, the home of the MARC with nearly 50 members and guests attending.

After opening remarks from outgoing President Ralph Bugg, K8HSQ, we enjoyed a fine hometown meal with all the trimmings including lots of great desserts catered by our own club member Shirley Treacle.  A complete wrap-up of the evenings events including the awards recipients is posted on our Banquet Page.


February Mentoring Class Info  

   (UPDATE) (Feb 7, 2015) - -  Our February Mentoring Program was conducted on Saturday, Feb 7tg at the Senior Center. This training was conducted by John Wagner, N8CD and was part of a series on Direction Finding. This part was on the construction of a Variable Offset (Active) Attenuator built from a kit.

John began with the basics of soldering, a skill all radio operators should have. This included proper safety techniques, the theory of how an attenuator works and testing out the kit when completed.

Approximately 10 club members took part in this session including builders and mentors. John's program included an excellent powerpoint presentation following step by step help and guidance in building the K0OV kit from Marvin West, KE6HTS. The kit included a great looking case from the famous Altoids Mint Tin.

Everyone had a fun time during this mentoring session and learned a lot. We especially want to thank John, N8CD for the time he spent preparing this training session including the individual help he and his mentors provided the members. Everyone's kit went together fine and all worked !

Our March and April Mentoring Sessions will continue this theme as we build the famous Tape-Measure Beam used for DX'ing and some actual field training during April.

John has made available the powerpoint presentation for those who missed the training. You can view it by clicking the following link.    http://bit.ly/marc-kit

Some pictures of the event are posted below...

 

The members enjoyed a great presentation

 

The build station with lots of help provided !


Proper Station Grounding Class  

    (Jan 18, 2015) - - The clubs first Mentoring Program was held on Saturday, Jan 17th with about 20 members and guests in attendance. The class was held at the Massillon Senior Center.

This months Mentor was James Andrews, KD8VT and the class covered proper station grounding for your shack. The training included a very informative powerpoint presentation and lecture from James. The attendees learned the basics of station grounding including lightning protection for your equipment and tower installations. James also included some show & tell on various types of coax and hard line usage.

The club provided coffee and donuts for the morning. Thanks also to James XYL who brought an assortment of cookie's and cupcakes.

The presentation was excellent and well received by everyone. James also will provide a copy of the powerpoint that will be posted to the club's website for those who couldn't attend.

Our first Mentoring Class was well received by the attendee's


DX Engineering Open House  

See parts for DX Engineering    (Jan 18, 2015) -  -  Members of the MARC and amateurs around the area attended MFJ Day at DX Engineering on Saturday, January 10th.

This was a perfect opportunity for Ham Radio enthusiasts to shake off the winter doldrums and make some "eyeball" QSOs with friends. Martin F. Jue and the DX Engineering staff were on hand for consultation, technical advice and new product information.

I saw many folks carrying out new purchases thanks to the many deals being offered. A good time was had by all and we look forward to the next "Open House".

A nice crowd arrived at DX Engineering !

The store was stocked with good prices !

The small show room was busy with folks !


New Club Repeater Updates  

  (Nov 17, 2014) - - As many of our club members have noticed, we have a new 147.18 repeater in operation. It is a Yaesu "Fusion" DR-1X Multi-Mode repeater. What is a Multi-Mode repeater you ask? Unlike the Icom D-Star system, the Fusion will function with both digital and analog radios. The Fusion system uses what is called "C4FM FDMA" digital encoding and is not compatible with other digital modes such as D-Star, DMR, NXDN and P25.

Because it is compatible with existing analog radios, nobody will be required to buy new radios, but when it comes to replace your existing mobile or HT, you may want to consider a Multi-Mode version.

The new repeater has been in service since October 27, 2014. During the short time we've had it on the air, it has been getting rave reviews. If you thought our previous repeater had good performance, you will be pleasantly surprised at the way the new one is working.

So far, only analog radios have been in use. Digital radios will be showing up before long. When digital mode is in effect, you will hear what sounds like a rush of noise on your analog radios. To eliminate this noise, you will need to enable your CTCSS (PL) decode. The repeater still uses the 110.9 Hz CTCSS to gain access and also transmits the same CTCSS tone when transmitting in the analog mode. The tone is not present when in the digital mode, so your CTCSS decode will block the noise.

Presently only a small group of club members are using the new Yeasu digital style radio's and there has been very little digital voice showing up on the repeater.

We are still learning the operational characteristics of the new repeater and we will pass along updates as we are able.

Our thanks to the members of the club for purchasing this new technology that will take the MARC into tomorrow's world of communication !

De Ralph, K8HSQ - MARC President.

 


Why An Antenna Radiates  

   (Mar 31, 2014) - - During our Technician Class, club member Fred Reed, KD8SMO brought to our attention a good article he came upon regarding amateur antenna theory. The title is "Why an Antenna Radiates" and was first published by QST Magazine in November 1992. The author was Kenneth Macleish, W7TX.

This is a very interesting article and is worth reading for all radio operators. We originally thought about adding it to the club newsletter but we only have a finite amount of space available each month. We don't have this limit on the website and have added the complete pdf article for you to download and read.

Thanks to Fred for bringing this story to our attention, we hope you enjoy reading it !   Click Here to download the pdf.

 


A Bit of Repeater History !

  The clubs 147.18 Repeater is the high profile wide area coverage repeater in Western Stark county and has been for quite some time. But it wasn't always so, in fact at one time it was not even a repeater at all !  Learn about the colorful history of the repeater thanks to an early issue of the clubs newsletter that I recently found.

 Click here to read the full story.


What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. 

You are welcome to join us at our monthly club meetings held on the first Friday of each month at 8:00 PM at the Massillon Senior Citizens Center, located at 39 Lincoln Way West, Massillon, Ohio 44647. We usually monitor the club's 147.18 repeater, give us a call and we'll guide you in !

MARC owns and operates repeaters in the 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands. Our annual Hamfest is held at the Massillon Boy's & Girls Club in Massillon. We have a large indoor hamfest area, as well as ample outdoor parking. The prizes are some of the best you'll find at any area hamfest and the bargains are many.As a club member, not only will you have access to the autopatches on our 2m and 70 cm repeaters, but you will also receive a monthly subscription to our newsletter, Feedback. In each issue you will find published, the minutes of the previous month's meeting, informative articles, and interesting narratives by our club members.

  The club owns an emergency response communications trailer that is stocked with radio equipment and back up batteries, as well as a generator. With little notice, MARC can have an emergency station on the air, ready to provide any help we can. Our club station, located at the Senior Center, contains an HF station, VHF and UHF gear, and a computer system. The station is open to any club member, during the hours that the center is open. The club also sponsors quarterly VE Exams quarterly at the Emergency Operations Center located at the Stark County Sheriff's office and during our annual Hamfest. Please check the link for times and specific dates.

 

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  Great Lakes Director Updates

 

 
  Click Here for updates from the Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK.

 

  FCC News
 
 

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The FCC Question Corner
 
Just exactly when do I have to ID my station ?
 
Q & A on Station Identification.
 
Q.  Do I have to give my call sign at the beginning of a contact ?
 
A.  You only have to ID at the end of the QSO and at least once every 10 minutes during it's course as per Article 97.119(a). There is no requirement to transmit your call at the beginning of a contact but it is customary when calling another station to give your call as part of the exchange so the other station knows who is calling him !
 
Q.  How often do I have to give the call sign of the station I'm talking to ?
 
A.  You are not legally required to mention the other amateur's call at all per Article 97.119(a). The only exception is when handling traffic with foreign stations - you must then give the other station's call sign at the end of an exchange of third party traffic per Article 97.115(c).  

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  Ohio Section News

ARRL News from the Ohio Section is now available by clicking on the above logo. 

News items currently included are the current copy of the Ohio Section Journal, and general section news from Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY.

 

  FOX Hunt News


The MARC sponsors  FOX Hunts to increase technical knowledge in this area and most of all to have fun !. 

We keep the rules simple.

The Fox shall be within Massillon City limits and on public property.

The Massillon Senior Center will be used as starting point.

The first person to find the fox gets to hide it the following month.

Use any equipment you have to find the fox.

Any and all are welcome to join the fun and enjoy the hunt !

The Search for the Elusive Fox !

 
 
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The MARC is an ARRL Special Service Club

 

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